Trivia about the hall of fame of pop and rock.
- Atlantic Records chairman and founder Ahmet Ertegun established the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in 1983 (along with Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner), to open a museum to showcase the best acts in pop and rock music history.
- The Hall began inducting acts in 1986. The first to be enshrined: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and some guy named Elvis.
- The physical Hall of Fame and museum wasn’t opened until 1995. Cleveland was chosen as the site, as that’s where disc jockey Alan Freed coined the term “rock n’ roll” and where in 1952 he staged the first rock concert—the Moondog Coronation Ball. Cleveland also offered up $65 million in tax money to build the museum, which certainly helped in win out over other American music heritage sites such as Memphis, Detroit, and New York.
- Acts become eligible 25 years after the release of their first commercially released recordings. The Hall’s nominating committee selects possibilities, then it mails a ballot to a group of more than 600 musicians and music industry employees.
- A number of acts have been inducted twice, as part of a band, and for their solo careers, among them Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel), Neil Young (also with Buffalo Springfield), and Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5). David Crosby and Jimmy Page are members of two different bands that are in the Hall: Crosby of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Page for the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
- Only one person is in the Hall three separate ways: Eric Clapton. He’s in as part of the Yardbirds, as part of Cream, and as a solo performer.
- The Beatles are, of course, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and almost all of the Fab 4 have been inducted for their solo work. The only Beatle not inducted as a solo artist: Ringo Starr.
- The seminal British punk band the Sex Pistols, in true punk fashion, summarily rejected their 2006 induction. In a handwritten statement, members of the band called the museum “urine in wine.”